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Thank you to everyone who has made a submission to this review of Australia’s public service. Your analysis, experiences and ideas are invaluable.

About submissions

At the close of our call for public submissions on 31 July 2018, the review had received 668 contributions over 8 weeks.

We value all input and continued to accept submissions — bringing us to well over 700.

We stopped accepting submissions on 31 May 2019. And encourage you to read more of the ideas received during this review.

Of all the submissions to this review:

  • 80% came from individuals, with the largest group being employees of the Australian Public Service, as well as people using government services and others with public sector expertise
  • 18% came from organisations including small and large business, government and industry or interest groups
  • contributions came from every Australian state and territory, as well as some international jurisdictions
  • and some entities sent in more than 1 submission

What we heard

It’s clear public servants are passionate about their work but there is a sense the service is not always reaching its potential, meeting expectations or being as proactive as it would like.

Public servants and their organisations are grappling with:

  • a lack of confidence
  • divergent priorities
  • working relationships which can be fragile and distrusting
  • structures and processes that can get in the way of doing a good job
  • getting and keeping the people they need

People told us they want:

  • a clear purpose and culture shared across the public service
  • a valued and respected institution
  • skills and capabilities that are developed, maintained and renewed among employees
  • better understanding of the changing nature of leadership and expertise
  • new ways of working embedded in the system
  • an inventive and nimble public service focused on outcomes modern structures, processes and organisations
  • a focus on the needs of the people of Australia

Publishing submissions

Authors chose if they wanted their submission to be published, and were also able to be anonymous if they wished.

Of the total submissions:

  • 77% were published
  • 23% remain private

Of the published submissions:

  • 57% were named
  • 43% were anonymous

Submissions were checked carefully against legal and privacy requirements in our terms and conditions. Some were published with personal information or third party references redacted.

The views in these submissions belong to their authors. They also provided us with insights to different experiences with the public service and help to inform a public discussion.


Title Submission Transcript Attachment
AIIA See attached. Australian Public Service Review July 2018 Unit 4, 131 Canberra Avenue PDF icon Download (219.1 KB)
Bill Gray Submission to the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (APS) The Govenor’s Oration. Cranlana Fred Chaney 27 June 2018 PDF icon Download (221.93 KB)
CPSU (PSU Group) No answer Community and Public Sector Union Principal Submission: PDF icon Download (428.97 KB)
Digital Transformation Agency Please find attached the Digital Transformation Agency's submission in response to the APS Review UNCLASSIFIED Digital Transformation Agency PDF icon Download (129.16 KB)
Suzanne Curtis I have been in the organisation (Centrelink) for a long period of time and have never experienced
Peter Stanistreet Please find attached a short submission. Thanks Peter INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE AUSTRALIAN PUBLIC SERVICE Introduction File Download (131.85 KB)
Damian Carmichael Submission uploaded Enhancing APS Engagement and Participation and Participation with Citizens, Community and Busines File Download (27.77 KB)
Governance Institute Please find attached a submission by the Governance Institute of Australia Limited. REDACTED Mr David Thodey AO Chair PDF icon Download (171.46 KB)
Mark McInerney I have been with the APS for about 10 years.
John Grant Submission attached Submission to the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service PDF icon Download (153.61 KB)
Business Council of Australia Attached please find the Business Council's submission to the Independent Review of the APS. 31 July 2018 Mr David Thodey AO Chair, Independent Review of the APS PDF icon Download (162.78 KB)
Australian Council of Trade Unions No answer Restoring the APS ACTU Submission to the review of the Australian Public Service PDF icon Download (450.15 KB)
Carmel McGregor I have retired from the APS in 2014 but remain actively engaged through IPAA, AHRI and Institute
ANZSOG The Australia and New Zealand School of Government submission to the review of the Australia Publ Australia& New Zealand PO Box 230 Carlton South School Of PDF icon Download (3.4 MB)
IPAA National Please see the attached submission from the Institute of Public Administration Australia. H.C.“Nugget” Coombs in 1973, who led the Royal PDF icon Download (1.76 MB)
Martin Stewart-Weeks I have attached a short submission What is the point of the public service? PDF icon Download (118.54 KB)
Peter Yuile Please find enclosed a submission to the APS Review. Regards Peter Yuile Submission to the Independent Review of the APS – July 2018 File Download (57.73 KB)
NSW PSC Advisory Board See attached submission. REDACTED Mr David Thodey AO Chair, Review Panel APS Review File Download (97.21 KB)
Ken Coghill Please see the uploaded submission. Independent Review of the APS Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet PDF icon Download (215.81 KB)
Bob Beadman I joined the APS as a base grade clerk nearly sixty years ago. REFORMING THE APS Contract employment. Politicisation File Download (57.73 KB)
The Tax Institute Please see attached document. 2Redacted Mr David Thodey AO Chair PDF icon Download (603.71 KB)
The Smith Family Please see attached submission Review of the Australian Public Service Submission to the Independent Panel PDF icon Download (491.7 KB)
Jacob Tonge I've always felt that pay and conditions were too heavily focussed on time spent at work and not
Robert Irvine Simplify & encourage staff movement between the 18 Departments.